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What if anything to do to stove in winter when leaving for vacation.

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Mark Richards, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. Mark Richards

    Mark Richards New Member

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    Hi, I havent actually installed my wood burning stove yet but I do know that it will be impossible to go straight up through to the roof. I will have to install through the wall then up. I will be leaving for a 11 day trip over the Christmas holiday this year so the stove will not be lit during that time. Will massive amounts of cold air enter the house through the wood stove (Drolet Baltic or Escape 1800)due to the column of cold air in the chimney wanting to fall. Is there anything you folks do to prevent cold air from coming into the house when your stove is not making heat in the winter?
    Thanks, and yes I do have close to 3 cords of ash thats been drying for over a year ;)
    Mark
    Southern MN

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  2. SteveKG

    SteveKG Minister of Fire

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    I have three stoves here at 8500 ft MSL [Read: sometimes really cold in winter]. I have never done anything to block outdoor air coming in through the stoves if I am not burning them, as in when I'm gone...except the obvious of closing down the dampers/air controls, if any. Additionally, I have never felt air blowing in from a stove/stovepipe when that particular stove isn't being used. I am not saying it cannot happen; but, in forty yr. or more, I've never had an issue with it.

    I wouldn't worry about it, myself. Realize, too, that for air to be coming in that way in a significant amount, it has to have a route to escape back outdoors or, in essence, the house atmosphere is being pressurized. Not likely. I suppose, thinking about it, there could be some sort of loop form that had air coming in one chimney/stovepipe and out another one, but I still don't think it is a big problem, at least in my home. As long as your windows and doors are closed, not much issue.

    By the way, it's a good question but not much to worry over.
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  3. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Welcome to the forum Mark.

    You can always stuff insulation in the flue or even go up top, remove the cap and stuff insulation there. If it were me, I'd simply close the draft and forget it until I returned.

    Next year, schedule your vacation during the warm weather. ;)
  4. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    I have never had an issue. As already mentioned I would shut the drafts off but that would be more to keep the chimney from drawing the warm air into the stove and out the chimney. You would have to have a down draft situation to get cold air coming out of the stove.
  5. Grisu

    Grisu Minister of Fire

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    Of course you need a stove-sitter. The stove needs at least 3 daily feedings of dry, seasoned wood and some paper or Super-Cedar as snack. It must be gently cleaned on the inside and I usually give it also a little rub on the outside. And the sitter cannot forget to check if your stove gets enough air to breath well and not cough up some nasty stuff. Only when you know that your stove has that warm glow on the inside you will be relived to know that he is in good hands while you are away. ;)
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  6. Ram 1500 with an axe...

    Ram 1500 with an axe... Minister of Fire

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    No, nothing should happen, just leave the thermo at 55, and you will be ok...
  7. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    As others have said . . . just close down the air control and leave. There should not be a great loss of heat in the home and the cold will generally not enter via the chimney.
  8. Mark Richards

    Mark Richards New Member

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    Hey thanks for the replys, I love this forum! I'll post pics and reviews of my stove choice once I get that far. A neighbor who has given up burning wood has donated a very nice pile (face cord or more) of very seasoned Maple once he heard about my wood burning affliction. Very cool!!

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